Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Spiritual Ambitions on Copper in the 1500s

Paolo Veronese
Adoration of the Magi
oil on copper
Hermitage, Saint Petersburg

Johann Rottenhammer
Adoration of the Magi
ca. 1596
oil on copper
Royal Collection, Windsor

Carlo Saraceni
ca. 1598
oil on copper
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Elegia 6  In mortem psittaci

The Parrat from east India to me sent,
Is dead, al-fowles her exequies frequent.
Go goodly birds, striking your breasts bewaile,
And with rough clawes your tender cheekes assaile.
For woefull haires let piece-torne plumes abound,
For long shrild trumpets let your notes resound.

Dead is that speaking image of man's voice,
The Parrat given me, the farre world's best choice.
The greedy spirits take the best things first,
Supplying their voide places with the worst.

Elysium hath a wood of holme trees black,
Whose earth doth not perpetuall greene-grasse lacke,
There good birds rest (if we beleeve things hidden)
Whence uncleane fowles are said to be forbidden.

There harmelesse Swans feed all abroad the river,
There lives the Phoenix one alone bird ever.
There Juno's bird displayes his gorgious feather,
And loving Doves kisse eagerly together.

The Parrat into wood receiv'd with these,
Turnes all the goodly birdes to what she please.

A grave her bones hides, on her corps great grave,
The little stones these little verses have 
This tombe approoves, I pleasde my mistresse well,
My mouth in speaking did all birds excell.

 from the Elegies of Ovid, translated by Christopher Marlowe (1570s)

Giovanni Battista Cremonini
Agony in Garden
ca. 1595
oil on copper
Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, Massachusetts

Bartholomeus Spranger
Sufferings of Christ
oil on copper
private collection

Bartolomeo Passerotti
Holy Family
ca. 1572
oil on copper
private collection

Jan Brueghel the Elder
Christ in the Storm on the Sea of Galilee
ca. 1596
oil on copper
Museo Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid

Adam Elsheimer
St Christopher carrying the Christ Child
oil on copper
Hermitage, Saint Petersburg

Ludovico Carracci
St Francis in Meditation
oil on copper
Dulwich Picture Gallery, London

Annibale Carracci
Temptation of St Anthony Abbot
oil on copper
National Gallery, London

Annibale Carracci
Burial of Christ
oil on copper
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Jacopo Zucchi
Coral Fishers
ca. 1585
oil on copper
Galleria Borghese, Rome

Alessandro Allori
Allegory of Human Life
(after drawing by Michelangelo)

ca. 1570-90
oil on copper
Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence

Bartholomeus Spranger
Vulcan and Maia
ca. 1575-80
oil on copper
Kunsthistorisches Museum, Vienna